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smoke billows follows a suicide bombing in syria

The Pontiff condemned an attack on a bus depot near Aleppo

Meeting the Christians of Aleppo

The number of faithful in Syria’s ancient city has fallen from 250,000 to 30,000. Now the war is over, how many of those can be persuaded to stay?

Fr John Luke Gregory said Syrians were seeking to return to ordinary life

The delegation met with Christian communities and their pastors in the Syrian city

It’s time all nations stopped enabling repressive regimes

Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo asked people to approach the ‘shattered city as if we were coming to the stable in Bethlehem’

Fragile countries have collapsed into civil war and flailing politicians have proved incapable of stopping the mayhem

A vigil Mass that was due to take place at the monastery had been moved to a different church

The papal nuncio to Syria delivered a letter from the Pope calling for ‘international humanitarian law to be fully respected’